Celebrating its 40th anniversary, a new Dragon Ball anime is coming next year but it’s not what fans were expecting. Many fans were hoping for a return of Dragon Ball Super, which aired its last episode in Japan on March 25, 2018, but was given a new approach of the Dragon Ball universe. A new story written and character designs by the original Dragon Ball creator, Akira Toriyama, Dragon Ball DAIMA. Dragon Ball DAIMA announced to air its first series in fall 2024.
Showcasing a teaser trailer, the animation style closely represents the 2022 film, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, but looks to take on a comical approach as everyone is turned into a chibi, child look design. For example, Mr. Satan doesn’t have the full-grown mustache and Master Roshi looks much younger. From the official Dragon Ball website, Akira Toriyama had the following regards to the series’s storyline:
Due to a consipiracy, Goku and his friends are turned small. In order to fix things, they’ll head off to a new world! It’s a grand adventure with intense action in an unknown and mysteruous world. Since Goky has to make up for his petite size, he uses his Nyoibo (Power Pole) to fight, something not seen in a long time.
As to who turned everyon into these new child-like forms still remains a mystery but it sure feels like a new Dragon Ball GT approach. Hopefully more fans will accept this version. Fans will get to see Goku wielding his power pole once again! Fans can still watch the ongoing Super Dragon Ball Heroes for over-the-top fighting.
While fans may not get new Dragon Ball Super episodes, a new Dragon Ball series is better than nothing, right?
Dragon Ball DAIMA announced by Toei Animation is set to air in fall 2024.
Source: Toei Animation